TIME; it’s About
This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s
Right Washington’s Most Tired Cop…
Yeah, watching Washington Basketball can
just drain the starch out of your beans, takes the crust right off your
toast. It’s a real puzzlement, these players, a real wonderment. You’d
figure they’d come out like a bull on hot sauce with still a shot at the
Pac 10 title, still a shot at a good NCAA tourney bid, your cross-state
rival on your home court. Sunday night TV. Packed House…
But no, that’s what you’d get for doin’
your own thinkin’.
What you get is a team that comes out
like they are playin’ a double header, like in baseball. Oh sure I now
they’re a little lighter on the bench these days with the injuries to
Gaddy and Suggs, but still, come on fellas, it’s only 40 minutes,
forty minutes with a HALF TIME! Time outs! FOUL
Another thing, in the Pac 10 you get
those official time outs when the officials have to huddle up to figure
out what the rules are…
Why there’s more standin’ around and
doin’ nuthin than at a road construction convention…
Theses boys ROMAR! A half-court offense you
Why when I was that age I’d run
non-stop for over 40 minutes before breakfast. Uphill. Okay my first
class was not until 9:00, but you get my drift…
In high School, I’d run 5 miles before a
basketball game just for the warm-up.
Okay, it was county league, but you get
Then the 5 miles home, uphill. Then do
I used the basketball game as a line
drill, or sprints, you never got tired in basketball…
Some games I even scored! Mostly
I was used to run the pants off the opposition, draw fouls, then be
It was a game. Try wrestling…
Yeah, a real wonderment.
Ya’ know. I had me a real bad feelin’
about that Warshington State game from the time I got out of bed the day
before. The alarm goes off at 0h damn 3:30 in the morning. I roll over
to shut the thing off and my calf cramps up, tough to beat a leg cramp
at 3:30 in the morning. Lord have Mercy, it was one of them 911 cramps,
but hey, you gotta suck it up. I limp out to the hallway and Eli, my
male malamute had got hisself sick on the carpet, three times…but hey,
in the near dark I had only stepped in two of them…
Now Bella, my female Malamute is very
jealous and competitive with Eli, so I turn on the stair light, and
there you have it folks, competitive pooping. Looks like a draw…
After the cleanup I hit the shower,
dress, and I gotta fly now, can’t be late to the ‘House of Pain’. Pain
I grab the coffee pot and the dang thing
is EMPTY! In all this excitement I had turned it on but
hadn’t pre-loaded it from the night before!
Gotta have coffee at 4 in the morning,
I’ll just push it up a notch on the freeway, say like 75 or 80 mph?
But how I do digress…
That Warshington State game, a good
thing I was on my last legs by the time tip-off came around. I had
pulled a double shift and had been up for nearly 24 hours straight.
Being up that long has a drugging effect on your mind and body. Kinda’
like watching Husky basketball.
Normally I stand for the entire contest
when watching a game, that way it’s easier to throw stuff and stomp, and
you don’t have to get up to go to the fridge. Unless it’s basketball.
Then the Lazy-Boy ‘Death Chair’ recliner is a valid option…
They just might be playing a
In Sunday’s game against the Warshington
State cougar, the couch was the only option, flat on my back with
my Washington blanky, just tryin’ to keep my eyes awake.
The game went down easier that way, in
that semi-zoned state I was in. I was in synch with the Washington team
as Warshington State zoned them to sleep.
That zone defense is another puzzlement
for these boys to figure, it beats them every time. The dye is set on
how to defend Washington.
But hey, you gotta give the Warshington
State men some credit for that win. At one point they made, what was it?
Twenty-four free throws in a row? They went 32-for 36 in the game, they
out-scored the Washington boys by 17 from the stripe…
And we lose by…
These Huskies can’t even fathom or dream
of making 24 of anything in a row, well maybe turnovers, but hey we
can’t go there, that’s another category…
Yeah, 24 in a row. That’s the difference
between Washington and Warshington State. 24 shows some concentration.
Maybe it’s because there’s nothing else to do in Pullman…
Still, for probably the worst game ever played by any
Washington team on the entire campus of the University of Washington,
seven-teen points at half-time? Us County leaguers would laugh at that,
but we made our free throws…but
the boys still had one
last gasp in them.
Late in the second half, about five
minutes remaining a rally got the crowd good and into it. The boys
weren’t really gonna lay an egg the entire game were they? Surely they’d
suck it up and gut out an ugly win over the coug?
The lead is cut to six, the Huskies have
the ball, playing some full-court pressure, finally knockin’ down some
three’s, another three pointer and it’s a one possession game!
But nah, another stupid turnover and the
air is sucked right out of the ‘cool jackets’…
Gil Dobie had left the building…
Yeah I read somewhere that the one point
loss to Arizona on the road was gonna be a ‘blessing in disguise’. I
read again just the other day that this loss to the coug was gonna be a
‘blessing in disguise’. I just hope the LA schools don’t come up here
and ‘bless’ us too…
Yup, that zone defense, a real
buggerment for these boys. This basketball team seems to be where the
football team was against Stanford. Good Dawg Almighty, that Stanford
game. I once prided myself on never leaving a game before the clock
died; that Stanford game had me out of there in the third quarter. Fans
questioned Sark, fans questioned the assistants like Holt.
Deja-vue. Fans now wonder if Romar has lost the team, fans
wonder about assistant coaches like Chillious, Fortier and Shaw. I
wonder if these guys even like each other…a real wonderment…Got room for
Coach Groinman here? I work cheap…
“GROINMAN to the BENCH”!!
But the football team got its stuff
together after the ‘Blessing in Disguise’ loss to Stanford, respectable
with a backup QB at Oregon, then the March to and thru the Bowl season,
ending with the whupping of Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. The
footballers figured it out just in the nick of time…
these boys ROMAR!
A half-court offense you ain’t. Play some D like your name was
Is there time for Romar and crew to
figure it out? How long has it been already? How much time?
unlike the song sung by Mick Jaggar of the Rolling Stones is not
on their side. It’s more like “Time” sung by the Chambers
Time to ‘Git-R-Done’.
They’ll be fine…
Yeah, the way
this season is going we just may find ourselves playing the coug again
in the Pac 10 tourney.
I’ll tell ya’ this; I’d kinda like that….
But I gotta tell ya this. Don’t know if
you’ve heard but there’s been a real mess up in Alaska. Some worthless
piece of scum bag has been caught with a bunker load of Alaskan malamute
dawgs. He is now being housed courtesy of the State. I’ll let you guess
the rest. The Malamute dawgs have been rescued. Eight have been sent to
the Alaskan Prison system to be socialized, the rest are scheduled to be
spread out over three states down here in the lower 48. WAMAL will get
their share and the kennel is full of Malamutes now due to many
different issues. Most just bad luck, but some due to human neglect.
It’s kinda trying right now. But believe me, this is better than what
happened up in British Columbia last month, the murder of 100 Alaskan
Malamutes. Sickening. Someone needs to be dealt with. If the firing
squad was legal, I’d be the first one to volunteer. Just sick.
SO HERE’S SOME FEATURED TREASURES!
Here’s a mother and daughter duo.
Sadie and Shelby; Whoa Nellie! These are some big girls! 122 and 139
pounds, real Amazon beauties!
is the mom here on the left, Shelby, the daughter is the red-head
on the right. Red heads are considered more valuable as they’re rare,
but these two have been spayed so their puppy-makin’ days are done. It’s
rare when two females can be together, but seems these two have been
together for some time now. Well, as long as were talking about
girls here, how about Bonnie! Bonnie is a young pup
only about 70 pounds, but she’s
not all growed up yet…
be quite the babe, a real looker. I’ve got me an Aunt named
Bonnie, named after Bonnie as in “Bonnie and Clyde”. Well then, we’d
better show Clyde….
is a real poser, a handsome devil and he knows it. Both these
dawgs have awesome coats and markings.
Bonnie and Clyde are both young pups about 70 pounds, like brother and
sister. Still growing. You can see Sadie, Shelby, plus Bonnie and Clyde
and the rest of the crew at
The Holiday Kennel in Kent Washington. WAMAL, for all your
Malamute needs. Some older Malamutes too if you prefer a more laid back
BTW folks, I just made up that ‘competitive pooping’ thing on the
stairs, Bella was nearly innocent…